The Corry Area Historical Society, Inc. was born out of a search --- a search which began in 1959 and culminated on June 1, 1965 when the first meeting was held to form the Society. The search was for a Climax engine - a coal-fired locomotive which was built in Corry up until 1930. The committee selected to conduct the search was comprised of Frank Grice, Armour Hillstrom, Philena Follett, Louis Sears, Kirk Sawyer, Norm Edinger, Walter Casler, and Sidney Elston. Once an engine was found, it was purchased for the scrap price of $2,500, and moved from Oneonta, N.Y. to a siding behind the former Corry-Jamestown building on Route 6. It remained on that siding for three years, pretty much away from public view until it was moved to a permanent spot on a specially constructed siding located at Mead Park. The next project would be to provide adequate cover for the old engine, which was built in 1928.
On June 1, 1965, a meeting was held for the purpose of forming a Historical Society and the name Corry Area Historical Society, Inc. was chosen.
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